The Isle of Anglesey County Council has said that it will make changes to its new nappy collection service, following an outcry from residents who were asked to produce a birth certificate as proof before receiving the service.
The council is set to roll out a new recycling service in October, which will enable residents to benefit from a wider range of materials eligible for recycling.
A fortnightly nappy recycling collection will be among the services provided, but was previously only available to families with children up to three years old.
The council had asked residents wanting to use the service to provide proof of their child’s age in the form of a birth certificate.
“We’ve listened to the concerns expressed by parents in recent days, and as a result will make changes to the service.”
However, families who will be affected by the changes said the rules did not take account of different rates of child development, or that some disabled children may still need nappies beyond a certain age.
The Council has now increased the age of collection eligibility up to four years old and will now not be asking residents to produce a birth certificate.
The council says that each any applications for a child over four years of age will be considered on a case by case basis, as would have happened for children over three previously.
Head of Highways, Waste Management and Property, Dewi Williams, explained, “We’ve listened to the concerns expressed by parents in recent days, and as a result will make changes to the service.”
“We’re introducing this additional new nappy collection service in order to help those with young children. From October, general waste (black bins) will only be collected every three weeks. By introducing this new service, we’ll ensure parents do not have to wait more than two weeks to dispose of nappies.
He added, “Parents are encouraged to apply for the new service but they can still place nappies in the black bin too.”
Another service is available for individuals who are unwell or have medical needs, called the Offensive Non-infectious Household Waste Collection. This service is available upon request from the relevant healthcare provider, via a prescribed application form.